Republic Michigan

Lodging, Attractions. and Recreation

Republic Michigan is located by the Michigamme River, 25 miles southwest of Ishpeming and 45 miles north of Iron Mountain on Highway M-95 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The village of Republic grew up around the Republic Mine which operated from 1872 to 1926.

Recreation abounds in the area with birding, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, hiking,
biking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, off-roading, hunting, rock collecting,
ATVlng, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Rental Cabins, Cottages, Lodges, and Campgrounds in Republic, MI
Michigamme River Retreat, 493 Riverside Drive, Republic, MI 49879. Phone: 218-929-1702. Riverside Log Cabin on the Michigamme River. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, living area and rec room, sauna, gas grill, smart tv and internet. Snowmobile access to Trail #18 one block from cabin. Ample parking, one block from restaurant, bar and small convenience store. Pet friendly.
Moose Rapids Campground has 12 rustic grass sites (2 pull-through) by the Michigamme River, 7 miles west of Republic on River Road (County Road LG).  Sites have a fire ring, grill, and picnic tables. There are two porta-potties and a hand pump for water. Nice peaceful location by the river. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and ATVing. Donation of $5 per site recommended.  Contact the Republic Township Hall at 906-376-8827 for reservations.
New Listing: Northern Lights Campground in Republic offers 11 RV sites with water and electric service and 12 sites with water available for tent camping. Some sites are handicap accessible. Sites have fire pits and a picnic table. Vault toilets.  RV dump station. Located on Park City Road between the Michigamme River and School Lake and near the south entrance to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates. Contact the Republic Township Hall at 906-376-8827 for reservations.
Pine Crest Northwoods, 12199 Pine Crest Lane, Republic, Michigan, 49879. Phone: 906-250-3081. Remote lakeside cottages on the Michigamme River and Juncob Lake. Pine Crest offers outstanding northern style accommodations for all, from sportsmen to families to honeymooners. Cottages are fully furnished with complete kitchens. Finish Sauna. Great fishing, hunting, and rock collecting. On theATV and snowmobile trails.


The sandy beach, playground, and boat launch on the Michigamme River is located at the junction of M-95 and LLK Road, the road to Republic.Perfect for kids of all ages.

 Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming (map) for year round family fun. Al Quaal features hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and cross country ski trails as well as a picnic area, playground, tennis courts, and fishing in Teal Lake. There are 20K of groomed cross country ski trails.

Boat, Canoe, & Kayak Rentals

Canoe and Kayak rentals for Lake Michigamme at Michigamme Shores Campground. Phone:906- 339-2116

Channing, Mi

R Cabins are located only 21 miles south of Republic and offer a duplex log cabin and four one bedroom cabins with kitchens that sleep up to 5 guests. Each duplex unit has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen area, and a gas fireplace. Connecting door between the two units for large groups. Wireless Internet Service. Located in the Copper Country State Forest for hunting and near Sawyer Lake, the Michigamme Reservoir, and many other lakes for fishing and boating. Snowmobile & ATV trail access. Bait Shop with fishing supplies. Pets welcome. N12178 Highway M-95, Channing, MI 49815. Phone: 906-542-6995.

Michigamme, MI (Marquette County) In the North Central Upper Peninsuila.

Michigamme Shores Campground is located on the shores of Lake Michigamme and offers pull through, full hookup, tent sites, and camping cabins. Modern restrooms shower, and laundry facilities. Well stocked camp store. Nice sandy beach for swimming. Great fishing. Basketball, beach volleyball, tennis courts with rental equipment available. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals. Wi-Fi. Pets Welcome. Highway 41W 64 Purple Road, Michigamme, MI  Phone:  906- 339-2116

Michigamme, MI -Maple Ridge Resort on beautiful Lake Michigamme, 134 Brown Road, Michigamme, MI. 49861. 906-323-6334. Your All Season, All Sport, Year 'Round Resort. Activities include: Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Snow Biking, Hiking, Fishing and Paddle Sports.  Secluded, quiet relaxation awaits you at Maple Ridge Resort, a family friendly vacation destination.   Easy access to Snowmobile Trails, lakes, streams and wilderness in Michigan's Central Upper Peninsula.   Visit our website or send us an inquiry or visit our facebook page. /dd>

Cross Country Ski Trails for Marquette County

Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 48-mile, multi-use, year round trail from Republic to the east side of Marquette. The trail includes historic sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range and our mining heritage. The western trailhead is in Republic. This trail is designed for walkers, bikers, runners, nature lovers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and those interested in the history of the area. Parts of the trail will be for motorized activities.
Mountain Biking: The Range Mountain Bike Trail System offers over 25 miles of trails for biking and hiking with trailheads in Ishpeming at the Country Village, Suicide Bowl, on Hill Street, or at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. Bikers will also enjoy riding the back roads in the area and on the Heritage Trail.

Pascoe House Museum is owned and operated by the Republic Area Historic Society, 114 Cedar Street, South Republic. Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday & Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Phone: Mary Lou at 906-376-2335 or LaVerne at 906-376-2258

Rafting the Sturgeon River with Northwoods Adventures in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Located at the corner of M-95 & US-2 on the north side of Iron Mountain, Northwoods Adventures offers several rafting trips daily. Experienced rafting guides. All equipment provided. Call to schedule a thrilling ride down these exciting rapids. Northwoods Adventures Rafting Outfitter, N4017 US Highway 2, Iron Mountain, MI 40901. Phone: 906-563-5450

Republic Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 201, Republic, Michigan 49879.

Republic Mine Observation Site - Overlooking the open pit mine in Republic, just south of Munson Park. Raised platform offers impressive views of the Mine property and Republic area. Six etched signs describe the mining process.

The area north of Van Riper State Park is Moose country at it's finest. 59 Moose were transplanted in 1985 & 1987 to an area six miles north of the park. The herd has grown with the birth of new calves each year. A slow drive through the area north of the park may reward you with the sight of one of these majestic animals. Stop at the kiosk at the Park for pictures and information.

The Michigamme River is a wonderful spot for boating, canoeing, and fishing. Sand-bottomed beach for swimming and a playground for the kids in the town of Republic. Fish for Small-Mouth Bass, Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Trout, plus a variety of panfish, delicious cooked on the grill. Several area places to launch your boat or canoe.

Hunters will enjoy the large areas of public land nearby for hunting deer, bear, waterfowl, and small game.

History lovers might like to visit the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee, which tells the tale of the discovery of iron ore in the area, the Cliff's Shaft Museum in Ishpeming, or the National Ski Hall of Fame.


 Rock collecting in the Upper Peninsula

Republic Open Pit Mine

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Photo of kayaks on the Michigamme River: Gretchen